The scattering of cumulus clouds contrast the azure horizon well, and the sun with its mighty radiance flares up the summer sky in a beauteous fashion. From afar, the cerulean Philippine Sea divides the turquoise water along the seashore into shades of blue, blending like a smooth gradient of aqua and emerald. Along the powdery, golden sand, the calm waves that occasionally splash onto the wide shore compose a melody that soothes and relaxes one’s soul. In whichever angle, all of these coalesce to make a picture perfect paradise island that is so sublime and so gorgeous.
Mahabang Buhangin Beach located at the Tinaga Island of the Calaguas group of islands is the Boracay of Camarines Norte. In fact, it could even be better considering its geographical features. It has around a kilometer stretch of curved seashore, bounded by a hill that is teeming with flora of all sorts on each endpoint. The seawater is immaculately clear and clean. It is so inviting that probably only those with thalassophobia could resist swimming in it.
The beach is facing the west. Everyone can catch a captivating sunset and have the best silhouetted jump shots at dusk. Sunrise can be seen too and is best witnessed atop the south-side hill with just a 15 to 20-minute hike from the camping site. When visiting this island, one must forget about modern amenities. Go with the basics and have one of the best camping experiences ever. Relish the stars at night and get the best tan in the morning.
The thought of an 8-hour trip from Manila to Vinzons in Camarines Norte, the municipality in which the island is a part of, and another 2-hour boat ride to reach the beach, may thwart one’s heart. Thinking about traversing the Bituka ng Manok in Atimonan, Quezon or the not-so-smooth-sailing-everyone-is-wet boat ride, will it really be worth it? Only those who have witnessed and savored the splendor of this beautiful and almost unspoiled island can truly testify that the time, effort and money spent could not even outweigh the experience you will have.
Personally, I have been vocal about being a waterfall person myself than a being beachcomber. Prejudiced it may seem, but I enjoy freshwater more than saltwater. However, Mahabang Buhangin Beach truly captivated me. By far, this is the best beach that I have set foot on without even mentioning that I love camping.
If development is really inevitable as the influx of tourists is on the rise, proper planning should be in place especially sanitation. Nobody wants to pollute the greatest asset of the island, that is, its pristine water. Campers, visitors, soon-to-be tourists and together with the locals as well should guard Tinaga Island from environmental slaughter. Or better yet, just leave the place in its original state and just develop the port and ferry system instead. Calaguas is definitely one jewel we do not want to spoil.
- Don’t ever, ever forget to bring sunscreen lotion.
- Waterproof you bags and gadgets.
- Bring your power bank or extra batteries as electricity is only available from 6PM until midnight.
- If you’re not used to rough sailing, take your anti-emetics to prevent nausea and vomiting.
- Most of all, keep the beach litter-free